PANDORA: Persistent Autonomy through learning, adaptation, observation and re-planning

Project reference: FP7-ICT-2011-7-288273
Total budget: 2.800.000 €
Duration: 01/01/2012 – 31/12/2014
Udg project coordinator: Dr. Quim Salvi and Dr. Marc Carreras


Persistent Autonomy means going beyond what has been done before. PANDORA is creating a new class of AUVs that keep going under extreme uncertainty. AUVs that respond to system faults by doing what they can. AUVs that generate their own missions when idle. AUVs that act appropriately under unexpected environmental challenges.

Humankind needs a new class of underwater vehicle to address the new challenges that deep sea exploration and mechanization create. A PANDORA AUV constantly replans, continuously questions its assumptions, and adjusts its skills to fit its immediate environment.



Heriot-Watt University
Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Universitat de Girona
Kings College London
National Technical University of Athens